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      The Unholy Wife

      1957 1h 34m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In Napa Valley, Calif., devious Phyllis Hochen (Diana Dors) schemes to run away with her lover, San Sanford (Tom Tryon), and with the money of her husband, winery owner Paul (Rod Steiger). Evading the suspicions of Paul's mother, Emma (Beulah Bondi), and brother, Stephen (Arthur Franz), Phyllis takes advantage of the tension between Paul and his partner, Gino (Joe De Santis) -- who wants to sell their grapes to an outsider -- to plan Gino's murder and frame Paul. Read More Read Less

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Diana Dors, John Bull's Marilyn Monroe, is woefully out of her depth in the role of a sulky murderess in this implausible Hollywood melodrama. Nov 22, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A ponderous melodrama. Rated: C- Apr 14, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This movie is interesting -- which puts it light years ahead of most films. It has some real problems, but the acting is believable. Advertised liked a B-movie, but with all the melodrama of a major Hollywood barnburner, Dors, Steiger, and Bondi play their roles with perfection. This one is worth viewing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member My girlfriend and I just finished watching The Unholy Wife on TCM and absolutely loved it. The prophetic Bible verse and the twist near the end was pretty darn good. So much for the "perfect crime". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Lurid and overbaked but man Diana Dors was beautiful. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Napa Valley, Calif., devious Phyllis Hochen (Diana Dors) schemes to run away with her lover, San Sanford (Tom Tryon), and with the money of her husband, winery owner Paul (Rod Steiger). Evading the suspicions of Paul's mother, Emma (Beulah Bondi), and brother, Stephen (Arthur Franz), Phyllis takes advantage of the tension between Paul and his partner, Gino (Joe De Santis) -- who wants to sell their grapes to an outsider -- to plan Gino's murder and frame Paul.
      Director
      John Farrow
      Production Co
      Treasure
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 34m